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UFC’s Chael Sonnen Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering, Likely to Avoid Jail Time

Chael SonnenUFC middleweight Chael Sonnen, who is currently serving a suspension for performance enhancing drugs, plead guilty on Monday to money laundering related to mortgage fraud.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office today announced the plea, noting the charge can carry a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $500,000 fine, but Sonnen will reportedly face two years probation, a $10,000 fine, and will give up his Realtor’s license under the deal to avoid jail time.

The case, which prompted Sonnen to drop his bid for Oregon state representative last year, is outlined in this DOJ press release.

Sonnen tested positive for testosterone after an August loss to UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva, but recently had his suspension reduced to six months, allowing him to return to UFC action as early as March.

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